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Bauchi Assembly okays N42.82bn 2020 supplementary budget



Bauchi State House of Assembly has approved Bauchi State Supplementary Budget Bill 2020 of the sum of N42,824,390,705.

This was done during plenary on Thursday presided over by the Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Danlami Ahmed Kawule.

Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulkadir Umar Dewu, laid the report of the committee on the appropriation of the proposed supplementary budget before the House for deliberations.

According to the report of the committee, the supplementary budget sought additional funds to enable the state government to continue with its developmental projects.

The committee said the proposed supplementary budget would be funded from refunds from statutory and other sources to the tune of N12,824,390,705 and domestic loans and borrowings from financial institutions to the tune of N30,000,000.

The committee having thoroughly examined the fundamental factors which necessitated the presentation of the proposed supplementary budget 2020 recommended for its consideration and adoption.

Majority Leader of the House, Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu moved that the Supplementary Budget should undergo third reading and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo.

Upon approval by the members, the Speaker directed the Deputy Clerk of the House, Lamara Abdu Chinade, to carry out the third reading of the bill and it was subsequently done after which it was approved.

The report of the House Committee on Education on the Bill for a Law to Establish Oil and Gas Academy in Alkaleri was also laid by the chairman of the committee, Babayo Muhammad, representing Hardawa Constituency.

According to the report, the academy is crucial to the people of Bauchi State as the state has already joined the league of oil and gas producing states stating that the feat has not only added another feather to the Northern states but also boost the production capacity of Nigeria among OPEC countries.

The committee further observed that the objectives of the academy are in line with both national and international standards and when established, would go along way in providing quality training in oil and gas to the indigenes of Bauchi State.

The committee, therefore, recommended that the House should adopt and pass the bill into law and after the Speaker put the recommendations to voice vote, the members adopted them unanimously.

Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu, Majority Leader representing Azare/Madangala Constituency, requested the House to allow the Bill on the establishment of Oil and Gas Academy Alkaleri to undergo third reading and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo representing Chiroma Constituency.

The House unanimously approved the motion, thereafter the Speaker asked the Deputy Clerk of the House Lamara Abdu Chinade to carryout out the third reading following which the Bill on to establish Oil and Gas Academy Alkaleri is passed into law.

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Flaunting wealth in public a serious security risk, DSS official warns



An official of the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that the public display of wealth constitutes a great security risk.

Paul Oduh, the deputy director, security enforcement, DSS Kwara command, gave the warning on Friday in Ilorin, capital of the state.


He said the deliberate exhibition of affluence and a flamboyant lifestyle attract kidnappers, bandits, and other criminals.


The comment comes in the wake of the extravagant display at the much talked about funeral of the mother of Obinna Iyiegbu, the nightlife promoter popularly known as Obi Cubana.

The DSS deputy director said given the security challenges in the country, Nigerians should avoid showing off in public.


“People must adopt moderate lifestyles, so as not to fall prey to these criminal elements,” Oduh said.


Oduh said a boastful attitude and maintaining a “habitual daily routine” can also make people prone to attacks.

“The country is ravaged by insecurity on daily basis. However, people should not despair, security should be concern of all people and they must be enlightened on it,” he said.


“Security can never be 100 percent everywhere in the world. People should be knowledgeable enough on those things they can do to protect themselves.


“Security denotes free from danger and protection of lives and property where individuals can pursue their lawful activities.


“There is need to accept that threats exist and people are targets of these threats. This is why people should put in place measures to safeguard themselves from such threats.”





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I don’t need your cheques, Buhari tells contractor



President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday charged contractors who have enjoyed government patronage as well as other privileged citizens to use their resources to support less privileged members of society.


President Buhari gave the charge when he paid a visit to the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar.


He said passing gifts and ‘cheques’ to people in authority or already comfortable to buy favour is not the right approach.


According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari challenged beneficiaries of government patronage to go to their respective communities and engage in corporate social responsibilities.


The President said: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities” instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.


“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities,” he said.


The President noted he would love to visit Daura more frequently but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring his heart remains with the people.

“We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me.

“But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals,” said the President.

The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30-month civil war


“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.


“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them,” he added.


The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.


At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced conferment of the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari.


He said a date would be announced for the turbaning ceremony of the President’s son, which might likely be before his marriage.


The Emir also announced creation of a District in the community of the President, with headquarters in Dimurkol.

He said the turbaning of younger Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the Palace and the family.


He said the decision was in agreement with the kingmakers in Daura Emirate Council.


During the visit, the Palace used the opportunity to clarify the difference between two titles, Talban Hausa, given to Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea and Talban Daura designated for Yusuf, the President’s son.


The Palace explained that Daura, as the linchpin of the Hausa society had conferred titles that have bearing on the Hausa Kingdom and those that are specific to the Emirate.

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